News Release - December 17, 2012
AUSTIN – The Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC) has selected Dallas-based consulting firm Strategique to lead the organization’s restructuring of its program delivery. TAAACC is the largest regional organization of its kind, with 22 member chambers representing over 10,000 businesses.
According to TAAACC Chairman Jim Wyatt, the unanimous vote took place during the organization’s quarterly board meeting, held recently in Denton, Texas.
"We believe Strategique, led by Charles O’Neal, is a perfect fit for where we are as an organization," said Wyatt. "Charles’ long term role at the Dallas Black Chamber, involvement with TAAACC and leadership role in the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc., coupled with great relationships across the country and a unique understanding of the role of chambers of commerce convinced us this was the right time to engage this resource."
O’Neal’s immediate focus will be improvement of TAAACC’s communications and key support, developing new technical assistance programs and expansion of the group’s annual conference.
"TAAACC plays a vital – if unheralded -- role in our state," O’Neal said. "For two decades Texas has led the nation in the rate of business formation among African Americans, consistent with Texas’ emergence as the third largest African American population. The interests of these business owners are critical to our state’s economy, and their growth and development is key to solving other issues that affect our communities. The TAAACC board is committed to providing solutions to the challenges faced by these 200,000 businessmen and women and I am honored by their confidence in Strategique."
Wyatt, a former elected official, is also keenly attuned to the role government plays in supporting business expansion.
"The upcoming Texas legislative session really provides us an opportunity to communicate closely with our elected representatives, keep the concerns of business owners and our 22 member chambers on the state’s agenda and – hopefully – see improvement in Texas’ utilization of Black-owned business in its procurement practices," Wyatt said. "We will be both visible and vocal during the upcoming session and we are looking forward to assisting the members of the Texas Legislative Members maintain engagement with business leaders across the state."
The Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce represents the interests of 22 Black chambers of commerce and works to ensure the African American business owners receive a fair share of the economic prosperity of Texas. Founded in 1988, TAAACC serves as a catalyst for a better quality of life in African American communities throughout Texas. More at www.taaacc.org
Launched by Charles O’Neal in 2012, Strategique focuses on communications, business development and strategic relationship consulting serving small businesses, advocacy organizations and corporate partners. See more at www.strategiquebiz.com.
TAAACC MAKES STRATEGIQUE MOVE
Consultant will lead TAAACC efforts
To ensure that African American Business Owners receive a fair share of the economic prosperity of Texas. To serve as a catalyst for a better quality of life in African American communities throughout Texas. To support policies that allow African-Americans access to economic opportunities.
Please join us in welcoming Mr. O'Neal to our team!